Duncan Oughton was left out of the World Cup squad today for New Zealand as other MLS Kiwi's such as Andrew Boyens and Simon Elliot were included in Ricky Herbert's squad. Another surprise is that Jeremy Christie of the FC Tampa Bay Rowdies (USL/NASL Second Division) was picked over Duncan Oughton, which is interesting considering how valuable Oughton is in a World Cup locker room; as well as on the field in the past few years for New Zealand.
Also, somewhat surprising is that players unattached to a club, such as Simon Elliot and David Mulligan, got the nod over Oughton and others; As those two cannot have that good of fitness coming into this World Cup squad.
The entire All Whites squad headed to the World Cup includes:
Goalkeepers: James Bannatyne (Team Wellington), Glen Moss (Melbourne Victory/Australia), Mark Paston (Wellington Phoenix)
Defenders: Andy Boyens (New York Red Bulls), Tony Lochhead (Wellington Phoenix), Ryan Nelsen (Blackburn Rovers), Winston Reid (FC Midtjylland), Ben Sigmund (Wellington Phoenix), Tommy Smith (Ipswich Town), Ivan Vicelich (Auckland City)
Midfielders: Andy Barron (Team Wellington), Leo Bertos (Wellington Phoenix), Tim Brown (Wellington Phoenix), Jeremy Christie (FC Tampa Bay Rowdies), Aaron Clapham (Canterbury United), Simon Elliott (unattached), Michael McGlinchey (Motherwell), David Mulligan (unattached)
Strikers: Jeremy Brockie (Newcastle Jets), Rory Fallon (Plymouth Argyle), Chris Killen (Middlesbrough), Shane Smeltz (Gold Coast United), Chris Wood (West Bromwich Albion)
As you may or may not know, I'm interning with the Dayton Dutch Lions F.C. for my Sport Management masters (here is my website for them, http://o10legionnaire.blogspot.com/, one of the many things I do with them, including trying to build a supporters section similiar to the Nordecke there).
With my duties with that and taking three classes online (plus insane car troubles as of late), it's been beyond tough to update everything the last few weeks. But, I just finished my finals this past Friday and I believe I can update both Crewture, The Orange Legionnaire, and complete everything else I need to do here now. I look to get back to getting one or two stories on here again a day starting tomorrow, I'll do whatever it takes to try to get that done.
Also, with media responsibilities during the game, as well as trying to build a supporters group (which means you have to be there) I had to miss the Crew game last night because the Dutch Lions game against the Cincinnati Kings was at the same time. Let me just say (that although I'm enjoying my time here with the Dutch Lions) my heart completely aches with missing a Crew game, especially when the Crew win on a late game winner with everyone jumping around behind the net there. That looked like a spectacular little moment.
If it was half as good as the 92nd minute winner against Tornonto last year, I'm so fricken jealous.
Well, I'll probably have to miss 4 or 5 Crew games this year. Sucks that some games were scheduled on the same days as the Crew. Because if I were consulting the Dutch Lions before their season then I would have told the Dutch Lions to have their games on other days (or at least try their best) as more than half of my supporters section went to Columbus this week to watch the Crew. I bet a good 200-500 Dutch Lion perspective fans for the week were also in Crew Stadium, maybe more.
Anyways, I'm just about to watch the second half. I'll have some thoughts on the game up sometime tomorrow and I'll likely make a highlight clip with the goals so far this season in the upcoming days. Cheers.
"It hasn't been the prettiest but we're finding our way," Lenhart said.
No doubt about that as I would rather see the Columbus Crew play an attacking and more dominating style of game. Or I would at least like to see them play at a level like the Los Angeles Galaxy and New York Red Bulls are playing. Further, with 2 more goals (bringing his total to 10 on the season) and an assist we could really use someone on the Crew that is playing out of their skin with something to prove, akin to Edson Buddle.
Overall, the 2010 Crew play an extraordinary boring game. They play ugly, there is no flair, and it's just a very grind them out, workmanlike approach. Despite the ugly, Crew fans will take the tie in Seattle especially when their club was thoroughly outplayed in front of 37,000 screaming fans.
The Crew last night, after an early Seattle goal, pulled even with a last gasp effort in the first half from Danny O'Rourke, who crossed a beautiful ball that whistled straight onto Lenhart's head for an easy flick past legendary keeper Kasey Keller. The Crew, despite looking like they were playing at altitude after eating 3 Big Mac's, held on throughout the second half- even after Danny O'Rourke got sent off the field again for two yellow cards. As a side note, someone should tell Danny O'Rourke (who has looked like one of our best players throughout this season) that he is more of a help to us on the field, then off of it.
Despite all the ugly from the last few Crew games, the Crew are doing quite alright on the formula of winning at home and tying on the road. As the Crew have two wins at home this season and two ties in Seattle and Dallas. Further, the Crew have two games in hand on nearly all of the rest of the league. So, if they were to win those two games in hand the Crew would be at 14 points, only one and two points back of the Galaxy and Red Bulls respectively. They still have to win those games-- but so far based on how anti-sexy the Crew have been playing in 2010, second place overall in the East and third overall in MLS, despite having two less games, is nothing to frown at.
But, I would have a better grin if the Crew could figure out how to bring their swag back from the 2008 season. As this team looks like they're limping towards every result they get in 2010.